Blackjack, or 21 as it’s known in Europe, is one of the most popular gambling games. There are quite a few variations to Blackjack, but the difference is not substantial. So, we’ll stick to the basic rules for now. Just as simple as it is challenging, the whole idea of the game is to have a total hand value closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand without going over 21. A “Blackjack” is when you have a two-card hand of 21, like an ace plus a ten-value card, and this, as expected from the name of it, is an immediate win.
In Blackjack, an ace can either count as a 1 or 11; cards numbered from 2 through 9 counts at face value; the 10, Jack, Queen, and King are all valued at 10. The suits of the cards have no relevance. The value of a hand is the additive sum of the points for each card.
Unlike many games, Blackjack provides players with choice and advantage by playing what’s known as the basic strategy, where players can minimize the casino advantage to a small percentage. There are different versions of the basic strategy depending on house rules and the number of used decks. Generally speaking, this strategy is based on when to ‘hit’ or ‘stand’ and when ‘doubling down’ or ‘splitting’ is the best option. It’s based on the player’s total points and the dealer’s visible card.
High roller players love it; because it is mainly a game of skill, and therefore, there is a good chance to beat the casino. Furthermore, regular players can acquire a high level of gaming skills in time, diminishing the house advantage even further.
If you dealt an ace and a ten as your first two cards, you have Blackjack and win 1.5 times your bet.
When your cards’ total value is closer to 21 than the dealer’s, you win as much as you had wagered.
If your hand is more than 21, you “bust” and lose your bet.
In case the player and the dealer have the same total value hands that equal or more than 17, your bet is returned to you in a “push.”
Blackjack beats a score of 21.
Playing strategy options for the player:
When the player’s first two cards have the same value, they may split the hand into two and placing a second bet equal to the original.
After receiving your first two cards and thinking that another card will allow you to beat the dealer, you can double your bet. You receive one more card.
If the first card of the dealer is an Ace, you may make an insurance bet. You bet the dealer will have a blackjack, therefore protecting yourself if the dealer has Blackjack. When betting on insurance, you place half of your initial bet. If the dealer has Blackjack, you are paid 2 to 1. If the dealer doesn’t have Blackjack, the player loses the insurance bet.
Ten Card Charlie
It is hypothetically possible for the player to draw ten cards without going bust. In this happens, the player’s hand automatically wins, except when the dealer has Blackjack.
The player forfeits half of his original wager but doesn’t risk the remaining half when he has a week hand. Then the dealer takes half of the player’s bet.
No-bust strategy: Hit only when there is no risk in busting. Stand on any hand when there is a chance to bust and hoping that the dealer will bust. That is a losing strategy because the dealer will always have a better hand when not busting than the player has. The dealer won’t bust often enough to counter the losses of the player.
Imitate the dealer: Losing strategy because the dealer and the player’s bust hands are handled differently. When a player busts, he always loses his bet. However, when the player busts before the dealer complete his hand, the dealer does not lose even if he busts. That is because the player must play his hand first.
Now, you are ready to beat the casino with your skill.
Now that you are familiar with all the rules, we wish you big wins and good luck with your gambling endeavor!